Sex… One of the shortest well-known words that exists, but it is also one that has caused so many discussions, problems, controversies and taboos. We all know that sex is an important part of our lives, no matter our age, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, political beliefs and so many others. However, it is treated extremly different across the world and it can have various meanings and practices.
Coming from Eastern Europe, I can say that sex is relatively a common subject. Maybe not that much amongst the elderly, but more and more youngesters and young adults are speaking freely about engaging in sexual activity, about the different types of sex that they can have, about sexual toys and fantasies or the LGBTQ community. Certain topics are growing in popularity in discussions and practices and they replace the shame and silence that has been around it with curiosity, dareness and pleasure. And we are somehow priviledged that we have this freedom. But how about others?
Let’s take, for example, the case of women in the Muslim world. In their culture and religion, it is considered a sin to have sexual contact before marriage; a very serious and shameful sin. The belief is that God will be very upset with this decision. Not to mention if one decides to engage in sexual activity with someone that is not a men. But what happens if some women do not fit in these parameters? What if a woman desires to have sex with a transgender person? Or maybe she desires a threesome. What if someone doesn’t want to get married? I guess this mean that they would never have sex… In some countries, women are killed because they brought shame upon the family (honour crimes). In this case, I can only imagine how would people from their community react if they found out that someone from their family, friends circle or neighbours had sex before marriage or that she is a lesbian.
Maybe this is not that obvious that it is a form of discrimination/ prejudice since we are all mostly used by now with discrimination at the workplace and other social situations. But we often forget that it can also occur in more personal contexts.
I think we can say that globalization displays one of its benefits in this case. Due to the increase in technology and to the broadeding of horizonts through it, more and more people understand nowadays that there aren’t only certain ways of doing things or expressing one’s self. And that our times are not the same to the last centuries and that some practices should either be modified if not forgotten, especially since they do not represent anymore the beliefs of all people from that culture, religion or other criterias.